Born in Florida, Richard Alfieri graduated from Yale University and began his professional career in New York. He wrote the feature film Echoes and the novel Ricardo - Diary of a Matinee Idol. He co-authored the screenplay for the film Children of Rage. He produced the feature film Rescue Me and executive-produced the NBC film False Witness. He wrote the screenplay for Puerto Vallarta Squeeze based on Robert James Waller's novel. His play The Sisters, suggested by Chekhov’s Three Sisters, premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse. Mr. Alfieri adapted the play for feature-film production, and the film premiered as an Official Selection at both the Tribeca and Hollywood Film Festivals. The Sisters won the Milagro Award for Best American Independent Film.
Mr. Alfieri received a Writers Guild Award for his screenplay for the Hallmark Hall of Fame film Harvest of Fire. He also received a Writers Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for his work on Norman Lear's ABC special I Love Liberty. He was awarded the Grand Prize at the New York Film and Television Festival and a Writers Guild Award nomination for his screenplay for the Disney film A Friendship in Vienna.
Mr. Alfieri's most recent play, Revolutions, premiered at the Barter Theatre in Virginia.
His play Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theater. The play premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles with Uta Hagan in her final role, and has since been translated into 14 languages and has opened around the world in 24 countries with productions in London, Berlin, Sydney, Madrid, Vienna, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Helsinki, Budapest, Amsterdam, Prague, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Munich, Seoul, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, and many other cities. Mr. Alfieri wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, starring Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson, which is currently opening worldwide.